Topic: studying in america - good wind ensembles???

i am wishing to study wind conducting in america, perhaps minoring in performance (bassoon) at a graduate level. I am doing some basic research but am wanting to know what are acknowledged as some of the better places to study in this regard - universities with really good wind ensembles - obviously you have the eastman, but other than this, where are the good places to study??

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Nick Macorison
London based freelance bassoonist and enthusiast.

Dont ask me about reeds.....

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Re: studying in america - good wind ensembles???

Nick,
As a graduate myself, CCM (Cincinnati Conservatory @ University of Cincinnati) has a fantastic wind ensemble, as well as a fantastic bassoon professor (Bill Winstead). Rod Winther is the Wind conducting studies down there and also fantastic. Most of the grads there get a large sum of money for grad school and most get a full ride with some sort of assistantship. All conducting GA's are on a full ride + stipend. Check it out -- great program. I have several friends who have graduated out of the wind conducting program. I didn't graduate from the wind conducting program as I was an Oboe/EH perf. major for my masters, but had many friends and considerable participation in the wind program -- I love playing in wind ensembles and wind ensemble music -- so the program is very strong and very dear to me!

Shawn

Shawn Reynolds
Professor of Oboe/EH - Youngstown State University
Howland Schools - MS (director of bands); HS (Asst. Dir of Bands, Marching, Symphonic)

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Re: studying in america - good wind ensembles???

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  One of the best Wind Symphonies in the world in my opinion.  James Keene, the director, is tough but a bit of a living legend.  I have no idea of specifics as far as the program goes, but we haven't had a band conducting major for at least a few years.  Look into it.

CCM, I will agree with Shawn, has a great reputation, although I don't know the school from firsthand experience.

M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds

Re: studying in america - good wind ensembles???

I will also agree with Trent that U of I at Urbana with Jim Keene is also a fantastic program. Two of my mentors and former conductors received degrees in wind conducting with Professor keene.

On my earlier post, I forgot to mention that CCM also has ample chamber wind (two groups -- one grad and one undergrad that performs internationally quite often) conducting and music oppurtunites.

Shawn

Shawn Reynolds
Professor of Oboe/EH - Youngstown State University
Howland Schools - MS (director of bands); HS (Asst. Dir of Bands, Marching, Symphonic)

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